Bibb BOE to meet, set district goals

jmink@macon.comApril 27, 2014 

As they get ready to select a new superintendent, Bibb County school board members will meet Monday to pinpoint as many as five goals they want the school system to achieve.

It’s one step in the selection process, which already is underway. Board members have received 23 applications, most of them from Georgia, and are reviewing them. The Georgia School Boards Association ranked the applications and presented them to the school board during a recent called meeting.

At that time, board members began discussing the need to determine concrete goals as they search for a new leader.

“It would be a great thing for this board to come together, to prioritize our concerns,” board member Wanda West said during a recent meeting. “We need to focus.”

It’s been about four or five years since the school board gathered to officially prioritize its goals for the school system, said board member Lynn Farmer, who is leading the search committee.

“One of the responsibilities of the elected board is to set goals they want the system to accomplish, and generally that would be maybe three to five top goals that we would pass on to offer direction to the superintendent,” she said.

“We all felt like it was a good time for us as a board to work together to identify what our three to five top goals would be to pass on to the new superintendent,” Farmer continued.

A representative from the Georgia School Boards Association will be on hand Monday to offer any assistance as the school board goes through the process.

Some examples of district goals would be anything from improving discipline to developing a better relationship with the business community, Farmer said.

In a previous meeting, board members mentioned the need to develop a trusting relationship between the school board and the superintendent.

The goals “help us identify the best candidate to do that,” Farmer said.

To contact writer Jenna Mink, call 744-4331.

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